Calgary Eating Disorder Program

Credentials/qualifications
  • Counsellor
  • Dietitian
  • Family Doctor / General Practitioner
  • Nurse
  • Other
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker
List of services provided
  • Eating disorder awareness, education and/or prevention
  • Treatment
Treatment approaches offered
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Maudsley / Family Based Therapy
Treatment types offered
  • Day hospital program
  • Family counselling
  • Group counselling
  • Inpatient program
  • Medical supervision
  • Nutritional counselling
  • Outpatient program
Access service by
  • Referral from doctor
Cost of services
  • Covered by provincial health insurance
Experience working with
  • Addictions
  • Body image
  • Cross-culturally
  • Food and weight issues
  • Incest survivors
  • LGBT issues
  • Sexual abuse
  • Weight preoccupation
  • Women / men in crisis
  • Women /men in general
We provide services to
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Children
  • Family and friends
  • Females
  • Individuals
  • LGBTQ-positive
  • Males
Food and weight issues worked with
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Disordered eating / weight preoccupation
We provide services in the following languages
  • English
Wheelchair Accessible
  • Yes
Provides clinical supervision
  • Yes
Receives clinical supervision
  • Yes
Name:
Calgary Eating Disorder Program
Contact:
Meisha Kolbuc
Department:
Consultation
Phone:
(403) 955-7700
Fax:
(403) 955-3066
2888 Shaganappi Trail NW
Alberta Children's Hospital
Calgary, Alberta
T3B 6A8

Service Details

Personal philosophy on food/weight issues is non-dieting, weight acceptance.
Eating disorder awareness, education and/or prevention description
Consultation and/or training for individuals, families and professionals on: eating disorder topics, available services, how to make a referral to the program and general treatment recommendations.
Treatment description
Treatment is available to all ages and all genders identities. Assessment takes place at the onset of treatment. Patients who are struggling with an eating disorder will meet with an assessment team to determine the type and severity of the eating disorder and any other mental health issues that might be contributing to the maintenance of the eating disorder. Patient safety is also assessed. At the end of the assessment process, feedback and treatment recommendations are provided to the patient and his or her family.
PROGRAM COMPONENTS
Out-Patient Treatment
For patients under 14 years of age:
Early Onset Treatment - patients will participate in the following: family therapy, nutrition therapy and regular medical monitoring. Psychiatry consultation, occupational therapy, Multi-Family Intensive Day Treatment, and/or Family Based Treatment are participated in as recommended.
For patients 14 years of age and older:
1) Family therapy - various treatment options are available depending on the individual, family support and type of eating disorder. Such options may include: Multi-Family Intensive Day Treatment, Family Based Treatment, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and/or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
2) Group therapy - these include motivational and skills groups designed for patients accessing services on a less intensive basis (i.e. 1.5 – 2.5 hours once per week).
3) Medical Monitoring – meeting with a physician or adolescent medicine specialist within the eating disorder program a minimum of once per month.
4) Nutrition support – is available to all clients who access the eating disorder program. Individuals under the age of 22 are required to undergo a nutrition assessment upon entering into the program.
For patients with a severe and enduring eating disorder:
Individuals will access the nursing clinic, case management support, and a weekly group. Goals include establishing meaningful connections with self, supportive others, and the community, as well as connecting with safer ways of living.
Day Treatment
Day Treatment - is an intensive treatment option for ages 14-24 who are suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or an other specified eating disorders, as outlined in the DSM-5. Clients are medically stable but are in need of in-depth treatment due to the severity and complexity of the disorder. The day treatment program operates eleven hours per day, five days per week. Each day includes three meals and two snacks which are supported by staff. Family participation is required for those under the age of 18 and strongly encouraged for those between the ages of 18-24. A variety of psychotherapeutic and psychoeducational groups are offered each day. Individuals and their families participate in a family huddle once per week. A school component for those in junior high and high school is also available. The day treatment program can accommodate twelve patients at any one time and the expected length of stay is eight weeks with the option of a four week extension. Residential support home placements are available to patients from outside the Calgary region or for patients who would benefit from living outside of their home while attending day treatment. All patients participate in regular medical monitoring. Nutrition therapy, psychiatry consultation, and/or occupational therapy are accessed as required.
Inpatient Services
These services are available for individuals who require or may benefit from a hospital admission. Services are offered out of Unit 32 at the Foothills Medical Centre and Unit 4 at the Alberta Children's Hospital. The focus of an inpatient admission includes: medical stabilization, weight recovery and/or interruption of the binge/purge cycle. Meal support therapy, as well as family and group support is provided. Admission and length of stay is determined by the care team.

Catchment Area

We do not serve a specific catchment area.

Calgary / Southern Alberta

Other specified qualifications
Pediatrician / Adolescent Medicine Specialist
Other credentials/qualifications
Multidisciplinary team focusing on health promotion, eating disorder treatment, and prevention.